Archive for April, 2011

Ice Breaker SUP Festival & Race

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

From the folks that brought you First Bragging Rights SUP Event last September… Mountain Paddle Surf is looking forward to getting the season started for 2011 with the Ice Breaker SUP Festival and Competition.

We’ll have demo’s and instructional clinics that are free to anyone who shows covering beginner to advanced techniques. Races will consist of Team Relay and Endurance competitions. As always, prizes will be given to top competitors.

Sponsored by Mountain Paddle Surf

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The art of the forward stroke by Quikblades’ Jim Terrell

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Love or hate SUP, the art of moving forward through the water is universal.  Surfing, Kayaking and swimming all draw from the same basic principals to obtain maximum efficiency whether you’re trying to catch a wave, cross the finish line or simply get from A to B.  Quickblade’s Jim Terrell is a four time Olympian (most for USA!) and a true athority when it comes to stroke technique.

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Connor Baxter wins Maui to Molokai Crossing

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Maui to Molokai Crossing:
by Connor Baxter

The morning started off with a big shake in the middle of my deep sleep. I woke up to my mom saying, “Wake up it is time to go.” It was 4:30am. Fumbling down the stairs, getting to the kitchen – I ate some breakfast quickly, got in the truck and we were on our way – across the island to the west side.

The 27 mile Maui to Molokai (M2M) race started at 9:00am at Fleming Beach Park. But, we had to be there by 8:00am to check in on the beach.

My dad, mom, friend Mike, Bart de Zwart and I launched our boat at Mala Wharf. We got up to Flemings around 7:40am – and immediately started preparing for the race. Getting the SUP race boards off the boat was not so easy – and my board ended up with a huge hole in the side from a cleat digging into it. Luckily we had duct tape – so I put it on and was ready to go.

For this race, I decided to try something a little different. Instead of starting off slow and taking it easy, I started off hard, took the lead right away, and put a little gap on my competition. After the start, I started to catch swells and surf down towards Molokai. And the closer I got to Molokai it got better and better. The swells got bigger and the wind got stronger. For a while all I was doing was surfing – hardly even paddling. In the beginning the wind was 8 to 12 mph, then by the middle it was blowing 18 to 20 mph, and towards the end it backed off again to 10 to 15 mph.

I crossed the finish line in 1st Place – completing the crossing in 3 hours and 16 minutes, which was my fastest time to Molokai from Maui, beating last years time of 3 hours and 29 minutes.

The top six places SUP and times:

1st = 3.16.21 = Connor Baxter
2nd = 3.22.56 = Livio Menelau
3rd = 3.33.14 = Mark Raaphorst
4th = 3.34.19 = Bart de Zwart
5th = 3.52.48 = Jeremy Riggs
6th = 4.00.49 = Thomas Maximus

The awards ceremony – as always – had excellent food, a great group of people and a good ending to a long day!!

I want to thank my sponsors for all their support – Starboard, Nike 6.0, Maui Jim Sunglasses, SIC, Dakine, EFX Technology, GoPro Cameras, On It Pro, Waterman’s Sunscreen, Sunrite Maui and Hi-Tech Sports.

Also a big Mahalo to all the event organizers and volunteers!!

Aloha –
Connor Baxter

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Photos:  Karen Baxter!!!

 

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How to Get Started Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
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DVD The Ultimate Guide to Stand Up Paddling

The fast-growing sport of stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is a fun, easy way to go play on the water. With a minimum of equipment, you can paddle anything from ocean surf to lakes and rivers—no waves required.Paddleboarding offers an amazing full body workout and is becoming a favorite cross-training activity for skiers, snowboarders and other athletes. And since you’re standing at your full height, you’ll enjoy excellent views of everything from sea creatures to what’s on the horizon. It’s almost like walking on water!

You need just a few key pieces of equipment to enjoy this sport:

  • Stand up paddleboard: This is by far your most significant gear investment. Sizes are based on the paddler’s weight and experience. More experienced and lighter paddlers can choose narrower boards. Novice paddlers should choose wider, flatter boards, which offer more stability.
  • Paddle: Stand up paddles have an angle or “elbow” in the shaft for maximum efficiency. Choose a paddle that’s roughly 6” to 8” taller than you are (though some manufacturers recommend an 8” to 10” differential).
  • PFD (Personal Flotation Device): The U.S. Coast Guard classifies stand up paddleboards as vessels, so always wear a PFD whenever you’re paddling navigable water.
  • Proper clothing: For cold conditions where hypothermia is a concern, wear a wetsuit or dry suit. In milder conditions, wear shorts and a T-shirt or bathing suit—something that moves with you and can get wet.
  • Sun protection: Wear sunscreen and sunglasses.

Techniques: Getting Started

Carrying Your Board to the Water

If your stand up paddleboard has been designed with a built-in handle, carrying it is a breeze. Just lean the board on its rail (edge), reach for the handle and tuck the board under one arm. Carry your paddle with the other hand.

For longer distances, or if your board has no handle, you can more easily carry your paddleboard on your head. Here’s how:

  • Stand the board on its tail (end) with the deck (top of the board) facing you.
  • Lay your paddle on the ground within easy reach.
  • Grasp the rails (the edges of the board) with both hands.
  • Walk yourself under the board so that your head is about midway between the nose (front) and the tail.
  • Stand upright with the board overhead, still holding it by its rails.
  • Now bend down and pick up your paddle and carry it alongside the board.
  • Head for the water.

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the CrossFit Sports Series: Standup Paddleboarding, presented by Watermans and Hobie

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Watermans Applied Science and Hobie Standup Paddleboards have come together with CrossFit to put on a multi stop WOD-SUP event series.  If you missed the first event in Newport Beach last September this is definitely something you’ll want to check out.  Follow this link for more info and register for the event.

 

 

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SUP’s Olympic Hopes on Display at Silver Blade Regatta

Monday, April 25th, 2011


Stand up paddle racing has been a quickly growing sport, but it seems to have struck a chord with many different walks of life around the world. This includes the incredible folks at US Canoe and Kayak, who hosted the USA sprint team trials for canoe and kayaking this past weekend at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. Putting SUP racing on display in front of the canoe and kayak committee greatly increases any chance of SUP being considered for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Races were held in several formats, including a 2000 meter distance race, and some really exciting 200m sprints. There was also a team relay event to close out the day.
Taking home the win for the women was Laguna Beach local and SUP Love team rider Kristin Thomas (pictured). The men’s title goes to our very own Olympic hero Jim Terrell. Both fields were extremely competitive as notable standouts Slater Trout and Dan Gavere nipped at the heels of the champ Jimmy.
All in all it was a great day for SUP racing. Special thanks go out to everyone at US Canoe and Kayak.

EVENT – STANDUP ROUNDUP FLATWATER FESTIVAL May,1 2011

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

standup_roundup.jpg (65 KB)Welcome to the Hobie Knockout $1,000 SUP Sprint Race which will be held Sunday May 1, 2011 at Bonita Cove, in Mission Bay, San Diego Ca. brought to you by the organizers of the Annual Standup Roundup. Elite Standup Paddlers (Men and Women) from Southern California will match skills, speed and endurance while vying for the top Prize of $1,000 on a 100 meter flatwater sprint course. Heats of 8 paddlers will sprint head to head on boards provided by Hobie SUP, the last finisher will be eliminated until 2 are left to advance to semi finals. The top 2 paddlers from the semi finals will then repeat the process for the Final. (***There will be a surprise twist to the Final race which will test the champion’s skill).

WHEN: SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2011

WHERE: SAN DIEGO, MISSION BAY @ BONITA COVE

TIME: STOP BY ANY TIME BETWEEN 8AM – 4PM

WHO: STANDUP MANUFACTURERS; RETAILERS; GENERAL PUBLIC

WHY: TO LET THE GENERAL PUBLIC EXPERIENCE THE FUN OF STANDUP PADDLING IN A FLATWATER ENVIRONMENT (no waves!) AS WELL AS THE FINE WEATHER OF SAN DIEGO! THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO TRY THE FASTEST GROWING WATERSPORT ON THE PLANET.

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DOYLE SUP
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Dan Gavere – Santa Cruz Surf Festival Race Report

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

SUPinstruction.com“Wow what a weekend it turned out to be at the 25th Annual Santa Cruz Paddle festival. Living up to its surfing heritage the event site at Steamer Lane did not let us down and had lots of waves pumping all weekend. The weather did not co-operate as well as it could of, but all of the competitors were fired up and took on the elements and found little nuggets of joy amidst the truly “Victory at Sea” conditions. This year the event was renamed from the Santa Cruz Surf Kayak Festival to the Santa Cruz Paddle Festival in a kind gesture to not alienate those of us who prefer to paddle while standing up right.

All of the SUP paddlers can appreciate the fact that it’s pretty special to be out surfing the lane with only 3 other people for 20 minutes at a time. The comp started on Friday morning at 7:20 am sharp went off without a hitch or delay for 2 solid days of heats every 20 minutes from 7:20 to 5:00. On Friday the conditions were crazy with SW wind driving straight onshore making for some bumpy and crossed up conditions. There was a good amount of ground swell so the experienced surfers faired very well at picking off great waves one both the outside and inside sections. Locals were also scoring well as their knowledge of the spot in the rough conditions helped them identify the best waves. Zane Schweitzer was the obvious stand-out of the day absolutely terrorizing the lip with backside slashes, full round house turns with paddle switches, and even some nose riding on his 8 ft Starboard Tiki that is only 26 inches wide. A California ripper with a deep surf background placed 2nd on Friday coming up from Oxnard, Joe Rowan was charging. I was happy to say that I had the 3rd highest score of the day riding my girlfriends (Nikki Gregg) Starboard Pocket Rocket and Werner Nitro paddle. Needless to say I was pumped because I have always struggled in surfing competitions so this was a breakthrough feeling to be sitting amongst the day’s best Sup surfers.

I then knew if the next was similar conditions I may even have a shot at getting in the finals heat on Sunday. We were glued to the weather channel on our phones looking for any optimistic forecasts but none were to be found. Saturday looked even worse with one of the biggest storms of the year forecast. The Friday heats had lots of different people riding different boards from sub 8 foot short board style SUP’s to longer heavier 10’s and even 11’s for the stability in the bumpy conditions. Still the smaller boards seemed to do better because of the double ups and compactness of the boards to stay in pocket better, and obviously they turn better for more points. The heats were re-seeded and would resume on Saturday in the afternoon for the SUP paddlers, because they would need time to finish and recover from the Dual-athon SUP Race to be held in the morning.

Saturday came and by 6 am the weather already snarled with even higher winds and some sideways rain to boot. However everyone was on-tap for the first ever Surftech SUP Dual-athon. Zane, Gillian, Ann-Marie, and I were all on tap for the race and had our trusty 12.6 Surfraces finned up and ready to go. I grabbed my new and much beloved paddle the Werner Paddles bent shaft Fuse because I knew that I would need power and ergonomics to be competitive today. Little did I know what the day had in store for me, one thing was for sure-It would be Cold and Gnarly! Just minutes before the start of the 6-mile race with 300 yard run at the end the hail started to fall and not straight down, it was going sideways! The wind was gusting to near 30 mph and even though the event organizer considered it he kept to his guns and didn’t cancel the race.

The race started at Cowell’s beach and rounded the Santa Cruz pier then headed straight south to a Coast Guard turn Buoy for a 180 and back to another turn buoy on the other side of the pier. They waited for a good lull in the heaving beach break and started the race. We were off and the first challenge would be getting out through the waves. I fell 3 or 4 times I don’t even remember but I struggled while watching 12 or so people all around me just grease it and make it out with no probs. However what I did not see were all the racers who got denied in the beach break. Many losing their boards and having to run after them, only to catch them turn around and see even more sets stacking up as the others paddled away. I luckily got out and started sprinting for the leaders. There was an obvious rip current and sheltered line near the pier so I cut sharply to my left to reach to faster waters only to find myself literally dodging seals and sea lions barking at me. Several of the paddlers reported making contact with the animals with their paddles and boards. They were not afraid of us!

After some confusion on exactly where the first turn buoy was located the lead pack of 12-15 racers had gone completely the wrong way opening the door for the midpack to cut directly to the turn buoy finding themselves pleasantly in the lead pack all of a sudden. However it wasn’t long before the original lead pack of the 4 of us Becker, Zane, Anthony and I started making up ground on the extra 3/4 of mile we found ourselves behind. By turn 2 Anthony Beck and I had established a strong lead and several of the racers were seen knee paddling or even prone paddling because they were tired of getting tossed by the violent conditions. I put my head down and felt the shaft of my paddle bending as I stroked straight into the wind for another lap. I laughed and oddly found great pleasure at being comfortable in the conditions and right then I knew I could overtake the 2nd place paddler and maybe even the lead paddler who were battling it out.

The conditions were gnarly and I found myself falling in if I didn’t focus my sights on the water hitting the front of my board. I one episode of flailing I felt off 3 times in less than 30 seconds. My board was getting tossed and the gusts of wind were easily in the 30 mph range now would either blow you off your board or get under your board and push you over. Much of the course was at a “quartering” angle to the swell and wind making it about as hard to paddle in as it could be. My Stand Up Paddle instruction, after the beginning of the 3rd lap I was able to overtake the second place paddler Anthony Vela, but it was obvious that the leader had found the fast line and his 2nd wind. I wasn’t going to catch him but I didn’t want to blow my 2nd place either. After making the final pass on the tip of the pier I knew it was all downwind and I had now a comfortable lead over 3rd so I settled into a good pace but saved some energy for the beach run. Upon approach to the beach I got my leash undone and looked over my shoulder for a wave. I got on a nice little wave but couldn’t hold my line and ate it big time as it doubled up quicker than I could anticipate.

Apparently my beach run to the finish would begin with a little swimming too:/ My booties were full of water and as I ran down the beach it felt like I had a milk jug attached to each of my feet. Clomping along I rounded the final flag and hit the finish line I was so stoked for it to be over, but also that I was able to be the 2nd one across the line. My trusty board and paddle never let me down and I realized I had just completed this race in the gnarliest conditions I have ever seen on a SUP.

We celebrated and congratulated each other and the rest of the field as each person finished. Simply just completing the whole course deserved an award and this was the overwhelming fact that everyone realized whether they were first across the line or bringing up the rear of the pack. As the cold chilled our bones and the relentless wind picked up even more we all ran to our cars and changed into dry clothes as the rain continued to fall sideways. The day was not over though and several of the racers knew they would have to surf again in their heats for the SUP Surf comp, which would be happening in the afternoon. Some napped, some ate, and some hot tubbed, and I went back to the surf site and took on my role of emcee and announcer trying to stir up a little humor into the even more insane surfing conditions than the day before. It was so gnarly that even former World champs in the surf kayaking events were not paddling out for their heats and effectively abandoning any hopes of winning the event.

The Coast Guard upon getting the latest NOAA weather reports, pulled the plug on Sundays Events and upon hearing this I knew that it would be now or never to get a great result in the surf. I had seen Zane and Matt surf earlier and knew they were the ones to beat. Since I really had my sights set on the overall prize and knew it would come down to my result in the surf so I immediately started working on a game plan. The plan was simple be patient catch the biggest waves of the day and get back out to the lineup faster than anyone else so I could assure I got 3 great waves. The waves were big bumpy and dredging with low tide and lots of exposed kelp, but still some great faces were going unsurfed and lots of the paddlers were having a hard time just standing up let alone paddling all the way out for their heats.

5:00 pm finally came around and the heat started. Sean Poynter and I got into position on the outside and tried to hold our ground amidst the 30+mph wind gusts. You had to be careful not to get blown in too deep where the wave would jack up too steep, and clean you up with overhead walls of whitewater. After only 2 minutes of waiting a good one popped up I was in position and took the drop. It was late and I was paddling hard but the lip of broke with me in it and accelerated me down the wave. I was hanging on using my Werner Nitro to brace and the bumps were throwing me all around. After regaining control and sighting down the line I could see the wave doubling up. I drove the edge of the board high and fast along the wave to make the next section and got right into the pocket of the wave making a few little turns around patches of kelp. I knew the wave would section again from some of my previous experiences surfing “Middle Peak” and I set my sights on making the section and staying upright. I knew the Pocket Rocket would hold the line and provide the speed if I could just stay upright. The wave suddenly sat down and I had to paddle hard and drive left for to make the next section, but I found myself dropping hard and straight into a dredging pit. I stomped on the kick pad with my back foot and engaged the quad fins to drop and set my bottom turn, which accelerated me out onto the green face. A little cutback and bam the whitewash hit me and I accelerated out in front of it again and safely over the shoulder.

I was so stoked knowing I had a good one in the bag and all of a sudden it was like burst of “tiger blood” coursing through my veins. I laid down and started crawling as fast as possible through the kelp fields back out to the Middle Peak line up looking for another bomb. Out loud I said “winning duh” and was able to manage another 2 great set waves. The heat continued on and the 3 of us caught a few more each including Sean with a couple of nice stylish rides with some fast ripping. The final horn blew and even though my 2nd and 3rd waves weren’t great I knew they were long and had a few critical turns so I had a serious chance at winning the overall “King of the Beach” title even in the “pure and complete gnarlisms” of the day. I crossed my fingers that it would be enough but I knew it had been a day of gnarly gnarlingtons and I was riding on a high of adrenaline like Charlie Sheen on Dateline.

That night the results would be announced and as the tents came down so did the rain. Sunday’s event was cancelled because the Coast Guard decided it would be too dangerous. 60 mph winds and possibly 3-4 inches of additional rain would be mean even gnarlier and even dangerous conditions. So it was over and the results would be announced soon. I knew I had a great chance of winning the King of the Beach title and this would go down as one of the better days of my paddling career. I was more excited than Fat Albert at an all you can eat buffet! It seemed to go on and on like forever with all of the prize drawings and presentations and even Adrenaline Rush, my good old kayaking bro, and his band totally killing it onstage with his very own rap style.

Then finally the awards ceremony for the SUP events came and I found out that I got 2nd in the surf meaning that I would take the King of the Beach title. Happier than a sea otter with a clam I accepted the award and thanked everyone with the event including Duke at Surftech and Dennis at Adventure Sports Unlimited for all their hard work. If you get a chance to check out any of the future Santa Cruz paddle festivals I highly recommend it, and I am confident that the SUP events will continue to be a great addition to the event and attract paddlers from all over the world to test their abilities against one of the most prolific surf breaks on the planet.”

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Watermans: 2011 Applied Science Paddle for Humanity

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

This year’s event features a jog-a-thon style online fundraising platform with free round trip air and lodging to the Washington, DC event [August 20th] going to the top individual fundraiser! * Show your support for the SurfAid cause by participating in the 2-mile fun paddle or battle it out with the big dogs in the 6- Mile. Also featuring the return of the Southern California Showdown.

* Participants who choose to raise funds as a member of a team will still be eligible for the top individual prize.

REGISTER: Registration for the Paddle for Humanity 2011 Dana point – Doheny Beach

When: April 30th, 2011

Where: Doheny State Beach, Dana Point, California
What: 6-mile Elite Race, 2-mile Fun Paddle

Who: Paddleboard and SUP
Why: Raise $100,000 in support of SurfAid International

Help us reach our goal of $100,000 in support of SurfAid International.   All proceeds from event sponsorship, raffle and contestant entry fees will be donated directly to SurfAid International. The Paddle for Humanity is an official SurfAid event and is backed by the full support of SurfAid International (Non-profit ID# 141850033). All contributions are tax deductible.

Statement of purpose:

The goal of the Paddle for Humanity is to raise money and awareness of SurfAid International’s effort to improve the health, wellbeing and self- reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing. Due to recent global humanitarian catastrophes the importance of this message has never been clearer. It is our intention that this event encourages both individuals and community businesses to support SurfAid International’s cause.

How to Participate:

  • Starting a team: If you didn’t see a team you wanted to join on the event home page and you want to get some friends involved then starting a team is a great way to spread the love, have fun, and raise money at the same time. Whether your team is serious or goofy by nature the most important attribute is that you have fun working together. Raising money as a group can be a great team building experience for work or community organizations and if you plan on kicking butt and taking names don’t worry; any money you raise as a member of a team counts towards your individual total as well so you are still eligible for the grand prize for the top individual fundraiser!
  • Join a team: Joining an existing team is easy, pick the team you want to join from the list provided, fill out your on-line registration form and start working towards the communal goal ASAP.
  • Join as an Individual: Are you the kind of person who works better alone? Are you more comfortable taking things into your own hands? Well then you are an individual. You don’t need a team to accomplish your goals. Sign up solo, fill out your info and show the rest how it is done.

Here are some tips to Better Fundraising .

  • First, make sure to start NOW. Reach out to friends, people at work with similar interests, family, and others in the community who might be interested in supporting SurfAid’s efforts.
  • Consider talking to people you meet at community events – you’ll have access to a larger audience and get to more people more quickly, face to face.
  • If you volunteer at other organizations, consider discussing the Paddle for Humanity with other volunteers at group events.
  • Practice a one-sentence goal for fundraising; in this case, it could be “I’m raising money for SurfAid International, a nonprofit that benefits medical programs in surfing destinations.”
  • Be friendly; not everyone can donate. If someone can’t commit to supporting your fundraising this year, ask if you can contact them in future years to ask for support, or if s/he has ideas for other contacts they can help you make to ask for support. As a rule of thumb, 20% of your sponsors will make up 80% of the dollars raised, so a “no, sorry” isn’t a big deal.

Say thank you! Say it over and over again – you can never say it too often. The Paddle for Humanity website will help you send written thank-you notes to every supporter who signs up online.

Dan Gavere – New SUP instructional video ULTIMATE GUIDE TO STAND UP PADDLING

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Great Video DVD Ultimate Guide to Stand Up PaddleDan Gavere has teamed up with filmmaker Chris Emerick to produce a new SUP instructional video.

Here is what they have to say about the video…. Whether you’re a beginner trying to stand up on a board and take your first strokes or an experienced paddler looking to improve your skills, The Ultimate Guide To Stand Up Paddling is for you. Follow legendary paddler Dan Gavere as he guides you through this easy to follow, step by step video that will help you become a more confident and efficient paddler. Filmed in HD on the beautiful waters of Hawaii and Oregon by award winning cinematographer Chris Emerick, this video aims to be the best stand up paddling “how to video” ever released. he Ultimate Guide To Stand Up Paddling is for you. Follow legendary paddler Dan Gavere as he guides you through this easy to follow, step by step video that will help you become a more confident and efficient paddler. Filmed in HD on the beautiful waters of Hawaii and Oregon by award winning cinematographer Chris Emerick, this video aims to be the best stand up paddling “how to video” ever released.

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March with Zane Schweitzer

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Aloha All;

March was another exciting month.  Zane has been training hard to build on his success with the SUP wave events, SUP race events and training continuously for his windsurfing & surfing competitions as well.   The training is paying off!  Zane traveled to two very different events in March.  The first was the 2nd Annual Punta Sayulita SUP Classic just outside of Puerta Vallarta Mexico.  It was a well run event with many great athletes in attendance from all over.  Thanks to the Maui Jim team there were also quite a few Hawaiians there too!  Zane came home with two 3rd Place trophies in both the Men’s Elite Race and the Long Distance Race, beating a fleet of vey talented racers.  Zane and a few of his fellow competitors also had the honor of teaching a surfing / sup clinic to the local kids of Punta Sayulita and was able to teach 12 underprivileged children the joy of surfing!  He brought along his ZANE SCHWEITZER tee-shirts and passed them out to all the participants of the SUP clinic.
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Zane then flew straight to California to compete in the Surftech Steamer’s Lane Shootout Wave event in Santa Cruz, and the Surf & Sand Men’s Elite Race.  With victory at sea condition Zane won the Steamer’s Lane wave event, improving from his last year’s 2nd place finish!  He also finished 4th in one of the most grueling Elite Races through surf, with winds up to 25 miles an hour and hail during the race.  See the attached interview with Zane and his story about his challenging Santa Cruz event below.
The day after Zane flew home from California to Hawaii  he competed in the 13 mile Lulu’s Downwind SUP race.  This was great practice for the many upcoming Hawaiian SUP races and he was able to test his strength paddling against some of the best racer in Hawaii.  He finished 1st in his class and 4th overall!
April will be a bit less travel since he blocked the first two weeks of the month for the Starboard team photo shoot, and the North Sails team photo shoot.  With some of the best water photographers here for the month Zane decided it was best to stay and get photos and not travel. We have also included a few photos from Zane’s photo shoot at the famous surf break JAWS on Maui last week.  The conditions were perfect for SUP wave riding in the morning, then as the swell continued to build and the wind filled in, he was able to rig up his windsurfing gear and windsurf there as well.  Here are his results below, and please subscribe to his blog at www.zaneschweitzer.com as he travels the world competing!
March Contest Results:
1st Place Surftech Steamer’s Lane Shootout Wave Competition
1st Place Lulu’s 13 mile Downwind SUP Race Junior Division / 4th overall
3rd Place Punta Sayulita Men’s Elite SUP Race
3rd Place Punta Sayulita Long Distance SUP Race
4th Place Santa Cruz Surf & Sand Men’s Elite Race
We all really appreciate all the support his sponsors give him and know without it he could not be doing as well as he is on the competition scene.
Mahalo Nui Loa;
Shawneen Schweitzer
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Buzzy Kerbox SUP Clinic @ The Zancudo Lodge, Costa Rica

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Join us in beautiful Costa Rica at The Zancudo Lodge for a all-inclusive 6 day and 5 night adventure of training, fun & inspiration at our 2011 SUP Clinic; with surfing legend and extreme Waterman Buzzy Kerbox. Buzzy will take your level of SUP and Surfing if desired, to another level and share his daily regimen of fitness and training.

Package includes:
– All transfers to & from San Jose airport & Zancudo Lodge
– Max 1 night lodging in San Jose
– All lodging at Zancudo Lodge
– Three meals per full day the lodge
– All alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverages during meal service
– Two separate day tours at the lodge

Join Buzzy and get stoked for life

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Buzzy Kerbox SUP Clinic @ The Zancudo Lodge, Costa Rica

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Join us in beautiful Costa Rica at The Zancudo Lodge for a all-inclusive 6 day and 5 night adventure of training, fun & inspiration at our 2011 SUP Clinic; with surfing legend and extreme Waterman Buzzy Kerbox. Buzzy will take your level of SUP and Surfing if desired, to another level and share his daily regimen of fitness and training. Join us and get stoked for life.

Package includes:
All transfers to and from San Jose airport & Zancudo Lodge
Max 1 night lodging in San Jose
All lodging at Zancudo Lodge
Three meals per full day the lodge
All alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverages during meal service
Two separate day tours at the lodge

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Robert August Inaugural Stand Up Paddle Challenge

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Join us for the first of many Stand Up Paddle challenges at Las Catalinas, Playa Danta, Costa Rica!

Register on Eventbrite

Sponsored by Las Catalinas, Surftech, Pura Vida Ride, and Lola’s Norte, this inaugural event will be hosted by Robert August and is being organized by Pura Vida Ride. The day will include three exciting events focussed on competitive racers, sports enthusiasts, novices, and even your entire family! Sponsored by the Las Catalinas Community, Surftech, Lola’s Norte, and Pura Vida Ride, this event has been organized to involve all age groups and abilities.

Distance Class Race:

8:00 am start

2.5 mile paddle/0.4 mile run/2.5 mile paddle/0.4 mile run. Total distance 5.8 miles

Any class board is permitted under 12’6”

Race Classes: Open

Family Class Race:

10:00 am start

1.0 mile paddle

Any human powered craft is permitted (kayak, surfboard, SUP, raft)

All craft must contain two people, preferably one adult and one child

Race Classes: Open

Sprint Class Race:

11:00am start

0.4 mile run/2.5 mile paddle. Total Distance 2.9 miles

Any class board is permitted under 12’6”

Race Classes: Open

Race Class

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Distance

Surftech San-O 9” C Full
Carbon Fiber Paddle

Lolas Norte $50 gift
certificate

Pura Vida Ride ½ day SUP,
Kayak, or MTB Bike Rental for two

Pura Vida Ride 10 cup coffee
pass

 

Lolas Norte $30 gift
certificate

Pura Vida Ride ½ day SUP,
Kayak, or MTB Bike Rental for two

Lolas Norte $30 gift
certificate

Pura Vida Ride 10 cup coffee
pass

 

Sprint

Surftech Ventana Composite
Carbon Fiber/Fiberglass Paddle

Lolas Norte $50 gift
certificate

Pura Vida Ride ½ day SUP,
Kayak, or MTB Bike Rental for two

Pura Vida Ride 10 cup coffee
pass

 

Lolas Norte $30 gift
certificate

Pura Vida Ride ½ day SUP,
Kayak, or MTB Bike Rental for two

Lolas Norte $30 gift
certificate

Pura Vida Ride 10 cup coffee
pass

 

Family

Lolas Norte $50 gift
certificate

Pura Vida Ride ½ day SUP,
Kayak, or MTB Bike Rental for two

Pura Vida Ride 10 cup coffee
pass

Lolas Norte $30 gift
certificate

Pura Vida Ride ½ day SUP,
Kayak, or MTB Bike Rental for two

 

Lolas Norte $30 gift
certificate

Pura Vida Ride 10 cup coffee
pass

 

All competitors
will recieve a T-Shirt and commemorative race day poster at checkin. Children
under 14 are free.

7:00am Checkin
and Registration

Our Distance
Class Race will feature two laps around our challenging and spectacular
2.5 mile (4km) paddle course and 0.4 mile (0.6km) beach run for a total
distance of 5.8 miles (9.3 km).  This is an open class race for all ages.
 Top 3 males and top 3 females will be awarded prizes.
View
the race course here.

Distance Class Race:

  • 8:00 am start
  • 2.5 mile paddle/0.4
    mile run/2.5 mile paddle/0.4 mile run.  Total distance 5.8 miles
  • Any class board is
    permitted under 12’6”
  • Race Classes: Open

The Family
Class Race is designed to get everyone in the water and participating!
 Any human powered craft is allowed, including kayaks, surfboards, rafts,
and of course stand up paddle boards.  Every craft must include two
racers, preferably an adult and a child.  This fun and easy 1 mile (1.6km)
race will be as much about getting wet and having fun as it will be about
winning!  Top 3 winners will be awarded prizes. The secondary contestant
(Child) does not have to pay to participate in the event.
View
the race course here.

Family Class Race:

  • 10:00 am start
  • 1.0 mile paddle
  • Any human powered
    craft is permitted (kayak, surfboard, SUP, raft)
  • All craft must contain
    two people, preferably one adult and one child
  • Race Classes: Open

The Sprint
Class Race will be an exciting and fast paced challenge and will
consist of a 0.4 mile (0.6km) beach sprint followed by a 2.5 mile (4km) paddle
around our race course.  This is an open class race for all ages. Top 3
males and top 3 females will be awarded prizes.
View
the race course here.

Sprint Class Race:

  • 11:00am start
  • 0.4 mile run/2.5 mile
    paddle.  Total Distance 2.9 miles
  • Any class board is
    permitted under 12’6”
  • Race Classes: Open

The Zancudo Lodge SUP Clinic – Stand Up for Women’s Health w/ Suzie Cooney

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Join us in beautiful Costa Rica at The Zancudo Lodge for a all-inclusive 6 day and 5 night adventure of training, inspiration and fun at our 2011 SUP Clinic with “Stand Up for Women’s Health” featuring Suzie Cooney, from Suzie Trains Maui. Suzie’s clinic’s have been attended by hundreds of women who want to be healthy and get strong through stand up paddling.

Package includes:

All transfers to and from San Jose and Zancudo lodge.
Max 1 night lodging in San Jose.
All lodging at Zancudo Lodge.
Three full meals a day at the lodge.
All alcoholic/non alcoholic drinks during meals.
Two separate day tours at the lodge.

The PELAGIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, April 10th, 2011










Well it’s been a while everyone ..Sorry it has been a busy few months with travelling and getting ready for a wedding. But i did just manage to sneak away for 2 weeks to the Mentawai’s Island’s in Indonesia for a SUP Surfing trip with a great crew.. Jason Kenworthy organised the trip and put together a epic bunch of people and on a world class boat the Pelagic. On the Boat we had Dave Kalama , Chuck Patterson, Slater Trout, Connor Baxter, Dave Boehne, and Talia Gangini plus Editor of SUP Magazine Joe Carberry and Videographers Brent Deal and Bryce Lowe-White and Jason was Shooting stills along with his assistant Kevin Voegtlin.. So we had all angles covered.

I’m not going to go into too much detail about the trip as it will be covered in SUP Magazine and also hopefully made into a cool litte doco. But we did get some fun waves and everyone was surfing great and going for it.. Was a great mix of Youth and Experience.
What i did want to touch on was the Boat and crew.. What a great way to see the Mentawai’s and access all areas and waves. The Pelagic and its Captain Griff made us so welcome and the crew on the boat were Epic. There was enough food that u couldn’t eat it all even if you tried.. And with a crew like ours that is hard. There were Bintang’s a plenty and good times.. If you are thinking of a boat trip i highly recommend these guys. Especially if u are looking to take your SUP’s Griff has it dialled with where to go and how to stay away from the crowds.. We didn’t surf with another boat the whole trip which was so good.. There is also a Jet Ski and Smaller Skiff on the Boat to zip you in and out of the breaks and to go and check spots as well…
So if u get the urge go and check out http://www.pelagic-charters.com/… I guarantee you wont be disappointed. So it’s now back to reality and time to get my ass into some heavy training. Molokai will be here before i know it.. Take care JM

2nd Annual NAC Hovie SUP Festival

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Hovie SUP

The Event will consist of two races with the combining of the two race times for the end result.
Open race 3.75 mile distance + 1/2 mile sprint race – entry fee 30.00
Men – Ages: 17-35, 36 – 49, 50+
Stock – 12’6” – 14’ – Unlimited – juniors (16 and under) on a Stock (12’6”) only
Women – Ages: 17-35, 36 – 49, 50+
Stock – 12’6” – 14’ – Unlimited – juniors (16 and under) on a Stock (12’6”) only

Elite Race 5.75 mile distance + 1 mile Sprint– entry fee 40.00
Men’s – Stock – 12’6” – 14’ – Unlimited
Women’s – Stock – 12’6” – 14’ – Unlimited
Elite race course racers must be a WPA member to earn WPA points for the 2011 WPA U.S. Race Series.

SUP & PUP race – Kids Race – sign up at event
We encourage you to sign up online, but pay at race day check in. Beach check in will start at 8AM. First race starts at 10AM.
Minimum Participants to Support a Class
• Trophy- A minimum of 3 participants is needed to make a class in any division to trophy.
• Ranking- A minimum of 5 participants is needed in any division to receive ranking points.
• 5 participants is needed in any division to receive WPA ranking points
• $10 discount off entry fees for all WPA members Elite Class racers
All racers get race tee shirt, swag bag, and racers buffet and other goodies… Don’t forget to buy raffle tickets.

Sign Up at the Event Page

Watermans testimony by Distressed Mullet

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Watermans Applied Science—Sun Cream 33—5 Mullets!

I’d get the gallon jug if I could, but the 3.4 ounce pump works.It actually goes a long way. Again, a gallon would be better for the summer.

Here’s what I like about it:

* It stays on. When you’re out sweating, paddling, surfing and getting wet, it can’t just go away. According to their site, “Our sunscreen is formulated to stand up to the rigorous demands of an active life in the sun, wind and water.” They nailed it.
* It’s not greasy. This is huge! The worst thing you can do on a great surf day is to put normal sunscreen on, then knee paddle out through the surf. the lotion on your knees gets on the pad and you end up slipping and falling on your butt. I’m not saying I’ve done that, but I’m not saying I haven’t. With Watermans, it’s not greasy. It’s not slippery. So even if you did rub some on your legs, its’ not coming off on your deck pad. And, because it’s not making your hands all slippery, you don’t have to worry about your paddle slipping.
* You can see it. It doesn’t wipe on completely clear, so you know if you’ve missed a spot.
* It doesn’t stink. I hate smelling like a fruit stand. In fact, if I came back home smelling like a Hawaiian Tropic Bikini contest, it wouldn’t be good. I might as well rub glitter on my cheeks. It has a smell, but it’s mild, clean and not fruity.
* It doesn’t sting. In these races, it sucks when the sweat and salt water mix with sunscreen and converge in your eyes. to get through the burning sensation is the worst. I haven’t had that problem since I started using Watermans. Coppertone Sport is the worst. Watermans works and it stays out of your eyes. I usually wear a hat or visor and use the sticks on my cheeks and nose and rub the lotion on my head because… well… the forest isn’t as thick up there as it used to be…
* You’re protecting your skin. UV rays are hitting you and reflecting on to you from every angle. You may as well hang out on a bed of aluminum foil the way it reflects.

Read more at the mullet:

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Have you registered for the Paddle for Humanity?

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Picture 1*****  www.paddleforhumanity.org For registration and information

Join as an individual or rally a team, but make it happen.  See you there.

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WOD-SUP Calls out Miami Beach SUP paddlers

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

mitch and micah

So this goes out to the Standup Paddle community of Miami and Deerfield beach:  You are all quick to claim the how SUP has changed your life, improved your performance and whipped you into stellar shape.  You preach the “core” workout like true saints.  But are you willing to prove it in the arena?”

The original WOD-SUP was a blowout.  SUP Paddlers from all over the LA/Orange County area flocked to the Newport Dunes to battle it out with the worlds best.  Rob Rojas, Brandi Baksic and a host of the areas top SUP competitors were on hand.  In the end it was 51-year old Orange County Waterman Mitch Kahn, life guard athlete extraordinaire [ …and the inspiration for Bay Watch’s Mitch?] that won the day, followed closely by up and coming Micah Carslon.  What many had anticipated to be a test of strength was decided in the end by who could drink a beer the fastest.  Proving once again that such age-old Waterman’s traditions still survive to this very day…

$40 gets you beer, food and swag; three days of party and a chance to see how you really match up.

So this goes out to the Standup Paddle community of Miami and Deerfield beach:  You are all quick to claim the how SUP has changed your life, improved your performance and whipped you into stellar shape.  You preach the “core” workout like true saints.  But are you willing to prove it in the arena?

Register:  CrossFit Journal Sports Series:  Standup Paddle presented by Watermans Applied Science and Hobie SUP






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Nikki Gregg & Dan Gavere @ The Zancudo Lodge, Costa Rica

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Join us in beautiful Costa Rica at The Zancudo Lodge for a all-inclusive 6 day and 5 night adventure of training, fun & inspiration at our 2011 SUP Clinic; with SUP fitness evangelist and founder/owner of NRG Lifestyle Fitness Nikki Gregg and her partner Dan Gavere of Werner Paddles. Nikki is known for her fun, yet challenging, workouts where results are hard-earned. As Nikki likes to say, ‘There is nothing worse than a boring workout!

Package includes:
– All transfers to & from San Jose airport & Zancudo Lodge
– Max 1 night lodging in San Jose
– All lodging at Zancudo Lodge
– Three meals per full day at the lodge
– All alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverages during meal service
– Two separate day tours at the lodge

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